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Anyone ride the MKT Trail in Missouri?

Old 08-15-14, 09:10 AM
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Anyone ride the MKT Trail in Missouri?

Just starting to get used to riding for my attempted weight loss and have been enjoying the MKT Trail around Jefferson City, Mo. I park at some point and ride about 5 to 7 miles then take a break then ride back to my truck and load the bike back on the carrier. In this area the trail is flat and parallels the Missouri River. I would love to ride with someone if you live in this area. I am retired and can ride any day of the week or weekend. Here is some eye candy of the trail. billy

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Now that you are experienced you have to start calling it the Katy Trail.

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On the Rail like site it shows that there is a MKT trail and a Katy trail in Mo. Which one do you ride? Are they close?
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Both of those would be the same thing. Katy is a phonetic depiction for the MKT Railroad which is now gone and absorbed by other railroads. I am a retired locomotive engineer with 42 years of service so this trail has special meaning for me even though I didn't work for them. The Katy trail is 240 miles long with many side extensions at various locations along its path including the winding and elevating approach to the Missouri River Bridge shown in my picture above. Across the bridge the trail continues for several miles and ends up in a park. I am so glad they had the foresight to use this discarded right of way and was put to good use. There are plans to extend the trail the entire width of the state. I would like to experience the whole trail some day though it would be one piece at a time. I do the trail a time or two a week. I live about a 30 minute drive from the trail so I load my bike on my carrier and pick it up at different spots.

The Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, a recreational rail trail that runs 240 miles in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. Wikipedia

Below are pictures taken from Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City. They built the path across the bridge a couple years ago to accommodate foot traffic and bike riders from the Katy Trail.

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Me, I always think of the MKT trail as the Columbia connector to the Katy though I know it was all MKT as a railroad.

Here's a full Katy ride you might want to do next year: 2014 Katy Trail Ride | Missouri State Parks There's no page for 2015 yet but this will give you a good idea of what it's like. I did it with a friend this year and had a great time. It's *very* well organized by the Parks Dept., and pulled in riders from 39 states ranging from 7 - 85 years old. A really diverse group. The 2015 ride will be west to east (the preferred route by everyone, it seems, because of prevailing winds and the fact that it's ever so slightly downhill.)
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Originally Posted by bransom
Me, I always think of the MKT trail as the Columbia connector to the Katy though I know it was all MKT as a railroad.

Here's a full Katy ride you might want to do next year: 2014 Katy Trail Ride | Missouri State Parks There's no page for 2015 yet but this will give you a good idea of what it's like. I did it with a friend this year and had a great time. It's *very* well organized by the Parks Dept., and pulled in riders from 39 states ranging from 7 - 85 years old. A really diverse group. The 2015 ride will be west to east (the preferred route by everyone, it seems, because of prevailing winds and the fact that it's ever so slightly downhill.)
I was there also. I've done that ride the last 4 years. Highly recommended. There's a very good chance that the ride will fill up in a few days. Sign-up starts om March 1st so be ready. I plan on doing it again in 2015.

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Originally Posted by Badawg
Both of those would be the same thing. Katy is a phonetic depiction for the MKT Railroad which is now gone and absorbed by other railroads. I am a retired locomotive engineer with 42 years of service so this trail has special meaning for me even though I didn't work for them. The Katy trail is 240 miles long with many side extensions at various locations along its path including the winding and elevating approach to the Missouri River Bridge shown in my picture above. Across the bridge the trail continues for several miles and ends up in a park. I am so glad they had the foresight to use this discarded right of way and was put to good use. There are plans to extend the trail the entire width of the state. I would like to experience the whole trail some day though it would be one piece at a time. I do the trail a time or two a week. I live about a 30 minute drive from the trail so I load my bike on my carrier and pick it up at different spots.

The Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, a recreational rail trail that runs 240 miles in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. Wikipedia

Below are pictures taken from Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City. They built the path across the bridge a couple years ago to accommodate foot traffic and bike riders from the Katy Trail.
Sorry to say, but you are mistaken and bransom is correct. The KT (or Katy) trail is the main line and the MKT is the spur to Columbus according to Bike Katy
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By trail: The MKT Nature and Fitness Trail connects the Katy Trail to the heart of Columbia. This scenic 9 mile trail takes riders through wetlands and wooded areas. The MKT Trail links to the Katy Trail at mile 169.9, just west of McBaine.
I have biked the Katy a couple of time. I rode from Booneville to St. Charles and from Clinton to St. Charles (via Amtrak at Warrensburg). Both were wonderful trips. My avatar is at the Pearson's elevator just outside of Franklin.
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